Musical couple whose son was airlifted will support the GNAAS’ Big Top Ball


A musical couple whose son was airlifted after a car accident will play at a fundraising event in aid of the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance. Carlisle parents Tracy and Shaun Owen have supported the Langwathby-based charity for a number of years, ever since the team flew to the rescue of their son John. Their band, Ruby’s Runawayz, which includes fellow singer Jane Amato, will be playing at the Great North Air Ambulance Service’s Big Top Ball, taking place at the Crown and Mitre in Carlisle on December 5. Ruby’s Runawayz will sing upbeat 1950s and 1960s music sets at the circus themed night. Their son, John, 33, was airlifted from Orton in 2007, when the work van he was travelling in hit black ice during Winter and rolled over. John’s work colleague ran until he could find phone signal to call the emergency services. A land ambulance could not reach the pair and so the GNAAS Pride of Cumbria helicopter was mobilised and flew John to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, where he made a full recovery. Tracy, 53, was at work when she heard about the accident.

A musical couple whose son was airlifted after a car accident will play at a fundraising event in aid of the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance.

Carlisle parents Tracy and Shaun Owen have supported the Langwathby-based charity for a number of years, ever since the team flew to the rescue of their son John.

Their band, Ruby’s Runawayz, which includes fellow singer Jane Amato, will be playing at the Great North Air Ambulance Service’s Big Top Ball, taking place at the Crown and Mitre in Carlisle on December 5.

Ruby’s Runawayz will sing upbeat 1950s and 1960s music sets at the circus themed night.

Their son, John, 33, was airlifted from Orton in 2007, when the work van he was travelling in hit black ice during Winter and rolled over.

John’s work colleague ran until he could find phone signal to call the emergency services.

A land ambulance could not reach the pair and so the GNAAS Pride of Cumbria helicopter was mobilised and flew John to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, where he made a full recovery.

Tracy, 53, was at work when she heard about the accident. She recalled: “It was really upsetting because I didn’t know what his injuries were exactly, so I just drove up to the hospital.

She and Shaun, 55, who live at Upperby, have since played at three of the GNAAS’ balls free of charge in support of the charity.

Tracy said: “It’s a night we look forward to all year because it’s exciting and it’s lovely. It’s just a chance to dress up and have a really great night.”

As well as Ruby’s Runawayz, entertainment will include a hula-hoop performer, silent disco and DJ.

“The tickets are really good value for money,” added Tracy.

ITV Border presenter Pam Royle, a high-profile supporter of the cause, will be hosting the event.

Tickets cost £40 per person and include a reception drink, three-course meal and entertainment. All the money raised will go towards lifesaving equipment for GNAAS.

If you would like to attend the ball and show support for the Pride of Cumbria book tickets, email events@greatnorthairambulance.co.uk, visit the Penrith office at Sandgate or call 01768-899150.

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